Stade de France

  • French national football team
  • Rugby union team
  • Stade Français
  • Racing Métro 92
  • Football World Cup 1998
  • Finals in the French Cup football since 1998
  • Finals in the French League Cup since 1998
  • Final of the French rugby union championship since 1998
  • Six Nations rugby tournament since 1998
  • IAAF Diamond League meeting since 1999
  • Rugby Union World Cup 1999
  • Andros Trophy 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2005, 2008
  • UEFA Champions League Final 2000
  • World Athletics Championships 2003
  • Confederations Cup 2003
  • Race of Champions 2004-2006
  • UEFA Champions League Final 2006
  • Rugby Union World Cup 2007
  • European Football Championship 2016
  • Concerts

The Stade de France ( German: France Stadium ) is a stadium was opened in 1998 in Saint -Denis, a northern suburb of Paris. It is equipped with a capacity of 81 338 spectators, to soccer and rugby matches, by far the largest stadium in the country. It has been awarded by UEFA as a five - star stadium. The most important regular events are home matches of the French national football team and French rugby union team, the final of the French football and the League Cup and the final of the Rugby Championship Top 14 using movable grandstands, the Stade de France for Athletics events such as the IAAF Diamond League will be made ​​up, while the capacity reduced to 75,000 spectators. In addition, hosts regular concerts and outdoor shows. At the concerts, the stadium including the interior for more than 90,000 spectators.


On 2 July 1992, the FIFA France certain to host the football World Cup in 1998.

The French government undertook the construction of a stadium with 80,000 covered seats. One of the main goals in the stadium planning was the area Plaine Saint -Denis, a long neglected industrial wasteland to re- develop. The Stade de France should serve as an attractive focal point for the emerging neighborhood with mixed residential and commercial zones. The architects of the stadium are Michel Macary, Aymeric Zublena, Michel and Claude Regembal Costantin. A consortium consisting of the company Bouygues, GTM, Vinci and STF took over the logistical planning and construction of the stadium. Rüterbau from Langenhagen took over the construction of the roof. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on 2 May 1995, the official opening on 28 January 1998 as part of an international soccer match between France and Spain ( 1-0). The Stade de France sparked the Paris Parc des Princes as an official from the National Stadium. In 2002, the stadium received the " Outstanding Structure Award" of the IABSE.


Nine games of the 1998 World Cup were played at the Stade de France, including the final on 12 July when France won 3-0 against Brazil and the world champion title secured. Other significant events included the World Athletics Championships in 2003, the motorsport event Race of Champions (2004 to 2006) and two finals of the UEFA Champions League (2000 and 2006).

Since no club team uses the Stade de France as a home stadium, it has been empty for more than half the year. Repeated attempts of the stadium consortium to win a professional football or rugby team as a permanent tenant, have so far been unsuccessful. Thus the Paris Saint- Germain FC preferred to stay at the Parc des Princes after many of his followers organized, the parent company Canal and the city of Paris had exercised under pressure. However, the club will use during the renovation of the Prince Park ahead of the European Football Championship 2016, the Stade de France as an alternative space.

Recent developments suggest that the consortium has found at least a part-time tenant, the Paris rugby union club Stade Français. In the game against Stade Toulousain on 15 October 2005, there were 79 502 spectators, more than ever, with a French championship game. To ensure that the record in Ligue 1 was exceeded by more than 20,000 in football; the final of the Football League Cup in 2007 but also saw more than 79,000 visitors. On October 14, 2006 came to the game against Biarritz Olympique even 79 619 spectators to the stadium. The club president announced to stage in the future two or three games a year at the Stade de France.

Most users ever a sporting event is 80 009 spectators and was achieved on 6 March 2006 at the rugby international match France - England during the Six Nations tournament. A more intensive use of the stadium there was during the Rugby Union World Cup 2007.

Also a record presented to the rock concerts in the Canada -born, French artist Mylène Farmer on 11 and 12 September 2009 in each of which 86,000 visitors were present. The two concerts were each within just two hours completely sold out. This means that every minute were sold on average 717 cards.

A record attendance of a non- French artist presented the two concerts of Irish rock band U2 on on 11 and 12 July 2009 in each of which 93,000 spectators were present.

Transport links

Although the stadium is located directly at the motorway junction of the A1 and A86, but there were built relatively few parking. Already in the planning phase was taken to ensure that the highest possible proportion of visitors arriving by public transport.

The stadium is accessible by three stations of the RER suburban rail and metro stations in the area:

  • La Plaine - Stade de France (RER B)
  • Stade de France - Saint- Denis (RER D)
  • Saint- Denis - Porte de Paris ( Métro line 13)

For important occasions in addition, passenger boats ply the nearby Canal Saint- Denis.